It has been a long time since I featured signs in a “what were they thinking” column, and I don’t know why I got out of the habit of doing that once in a while. It is amazing how so many people will pay money to have signs made without ever really checking the spelling on them. Add to that that the sign maker performs no sanity check on it themselves and then these signs are placed in public and I am sure most people never even notice the absurdity of them. Others come about when independent signs are placed together that provide a humorous juxtaposition. I do encourage all of you to send me silly signs when you see them and I will feature them here in a future signs blog. Until then, I leave you with these for your amusement. These come from various sources on the web. This grouping is all about parking:
Hmmm. Now let me think about that one. Privae is the name of lounge and bar in Texas, but this sign was hundreds of miles away so it would be very inconvenient. If we think about ae as being a Latin plural suffix, the we have to wonder what a Priv is. Looking that up on the web leads me to see that priv could be a contraction of Privatdozent, an academic title primarily from Germanic Universities, but then I can’t understand why the rest of the sign would be in English.
So having established that perhaps it was a mistake and that it meant private it could help to understand this sign in that it might have meant to say privates parking.
Keeping with the prevailing theme, it is often helpful to know where not to park. Now, I am fairly good at parallel parking, but this one would just be way too difficult for me. Maybe that is why they now disallow it.
I wonder how well those cars that can automatically park would do with that one. Well, with all of those helpful instructions about parking, I can conclude that you will now be very knowledgeable about parking and so this is where you can park. Stupid people may not park here! (OK, this sign was doctored but I thought it was funny)
Brian Bailey – keeping you entertained
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